The residential skyscraper soon to rise 451 East Grand Avenue has architecture enthusiasts as excited as… well, a turtle in a shower. Go ahead and play the video above if you don’t believe me. It’s perfectly safe for work.
There are a number of reasons they’re doing a turtle dance over One Bennett Park. The building’s height. The building’s location. The building’s height combined with its location. Also, the building’s design and architect are enough to make your toes tingle, like when you’ve fallen asleep on the Blue Line again and the blood’s stopped making that long trip to the far end of your legs.
Recently, the ducky shincrackers over at Related Midwest raised the flag on our tip line with more details about the luxe hive and its green garden to the west. Some of the tidbits were new to us, so we thought we’d pass them on. And if it gets the ichor flowing back to your extremities, that’s also a good thing.
- This is the first skyscraper in Chicago designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects
- Robert A.M. Stern Architects is doing both the building design, and the condominium interiors
- The average condominium size at One Bennett Park is 3,200 square feet. The average size of a house in the United States is about 2,700 square feet.
- This will be the tallest all-residential tower in Chicago
- Condo owners will have a private gate to access Bennett Park next door, which is being redeveloped by Michael Van Valkenburgh (Maggie Daley Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Harvard Yard restoration) for Related Midwest
- Bennett Park is intended to be Chicago’s version of New York’s Gramercy Park
- Condo prices run from $2 million to $15 million, though what’s currently on the MLS doesn’t reach nearly that high
- The first condominium move-ins are expected in late 2018
- Perhaps the first residential building in downtown Chicago in 100 years to be described as having “ample” parking for condo owners
- The lowest floor of condominiums is #41, which puts you at an elevation of 450 feet
- Real hardwood floors, not photographs of wood printed on God-knows-what out of some Chinese factory. They’re “rift and quartered White Oak,” for those of you who know what that means.
- Names, darling, names: SubZero, Wolf, Asko, Kallista, Statuario, Perla Venato. It’s OK, they’re just brands, you don’t have to mix drinks for everyone.
And here’s something we found on our own while working on something unrelated:
- There is an “architectural ornament” on the 68th floor of the building that projects a little less than four feet over the Grand Avenue sidewalk. You bet your Uncle Willy’s corncob pipe the city is extracting its bit of flesh for that one. Related Midwest has to pay $400/year in rent for the 3.75-foot-wide projection that nobody can see 777 feet above the sidewalk.